Graham Conroy Harris
Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
Founded 2+ startups
About Graham Conroy
I have started up businesses before; software development, and strategy consulting. Both became successful, after the usual pivot phase. Put another way, I have failed and come through.
I have held influential roles in large enterprises, and started and run smaller businesses. I am used to managing people, accounting, finance, product management and sales. But I'm also OK when there is little or none of that to manage yet.
I have a very big idea to grow seaweed in the open sea, and I have put a lot of time into developing the idea, and working out what is needed to make it viable. I got to pitch it to Vinod Khosla (on the basis it was not yet investable). This idea needs a lot more engineering input, though I am on the way to a foundation patent.
I earned a Masters degree in Bioscience Enterprise (essentially, the commercialisation of biotechnology) which was a great grounding in early-stage high-risk businesss.
I have been involved with several startup groups: StartupWeekend Auckland, the Auckland University Spark (now Velocity) competition, Icehouse events, Tangleball, Climathon, programming groups and now Fishackathon.
I am committed to continue developing that business but would be interested in working with the right co-founder on other ideas too.
The opinion you most need to listen to is the one you disagree with - Noam Chomsky
February 2011 - September 2017
A bridge-builder between the technical people and capital finance. I helped the technical teams prioritise what needed done, and then built business cases to unlock the funding.
Project Management Team Leader
Carter Holt Harvey
April 2004 - September 2009
Oxygen recruited me offshore to run IT projects in their internal and external customers and rapidly promoted me to lead that function. When Oxygen was floated, CHH retained me and I ran large projects myself and oversaw many other projects and programmes being run by colleagues and suppliers.
April 2001 - April 2004
I delivered strategy, business change, procurement and technical infrastructure engagements to large businesses and government bodies.
April 1998 - April 2001
I delivered strategy and technical assignments for Equinus customers, primarily in the Travel and Transportation businesses.
Founder and Products Director
December 1987 - March 1998
I founded the company as a sales outlet principally for one US software company, and built it into a software development and marketing company. We were consistently profitable from the first year until I left.
University of Auckland
Masters of Bioscience Enterprise
2009 - 2010
University of Reading
BSc Honours Microbiology with Physiology and Biochemistry
1978 - 1981
Project Management Institute
Chartered IT Professional
British Computer Society